Author ORCID Identifier : Keisha Evans

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Racial Trauma, Black girls, Anti-Black Racism, Intersectionality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


The purpose of this article seeks to reveal a practice gap in the field of Social Work as it relates to the unique lived experiences of Black girls and the impact of racial trauma on their wellbeing. As a consequence of anti-Black racism, racial trauma represents an under researched area of study with limited data on how to deploy best trauma-informed practices in a culturally-safe space. By adopting a theoretical foundation grounded in critical race theory (CRT) and Black feminist theory (BFT), we are situating Black girls at the center of this discourse with an intersectional sensibility. In closing, we discuss the wider implications for alternative therapy practices such as TF-CBT, narrative therapy, and trauma narrative. From a strength-based approach, these fundamental tools can equip practitioners to better serve Black girls in understanding how to heal from racial trauma for optimal recovery.

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